Updated December 2006; please check online for occasional updates
Snapshot Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction is Canada’s premier auction of rare and extraordinary wines from private cellars and wineries from around the world. A one-off 12-litre bottle of Tantra 2005 from Leopard Frog Vineyards, created especially for the Bacchanalia Gala auction, tops the list of more than 50 large format bottles on auction. Two Champagnes are served at the opening reception and two wines are paired with each of the five courses served at the gourmet dinner, which takes place at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Bacchanalia Gala is the crown jewel of the 29th Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (March 26-April 1), a major fundraiser for the Playhouse Theatre Company. The 2006 gala auction raised $319,000 net for the Playhouse. (See 2006 records below.)
Date/place March 28, 5:45 p.m. at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC
Tickets Invitations to buy tickets/tables are mailed in January; tickets go on sale January 22
From January 22 to February 15 - $325 per person; tables of eight $2,600
From February 16 - $350 per person; tables of eight $2,800
For information: 604-872-6622 x 246; firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch for more details at www.playhousewinefest.com
Emcees Bill Richardson, broadcaster and author
Jurgen Gothe, award-winning broadcaster and performer
Auction The auction has three components: (1) Four silent auction stations that close at staggered times throughout the evening, including a One Bid auction. (2) A wine cellar silent auction which features two staggered groups of lots; the items are unusual and rare bottles of wine or collections provided by wineries and individual donors. (3) A live auction, after dinner, led by Barry Scott of Maynards Industries, featuring exquisite wines, dinners, trips and experiences revolving around wine and food.
Other items In addition to wine, the auction includes:
§ Gourmet extravaganzas donated by celebrated local restaurants, chefs and sommeliers to take place in the successful bidder’s private residence.
§ A superb wine tour of Australia and New Zealand courtesy of Pernod Ricard Pacific for 11 days/10 nights. Participating wineries are Jacob's Creek - Barossa Valley; Wyndham Estate - Hunter Valley; Brancott – Marlborough, NZ; Stoneleigh – Marlborough, NZ. This $10,000 package for two includes airfare, accommodation, $200/day for meals, transportation to and from the wineries and winery visits/tours.
§ A wonderful $5,000 trip for two to New Zealand, including airfare and winery tours of Brancott and Stoneleigh.
§ Restaurant dinners, winery tours and other wine and food oriented delights.
Raffle Qantas Airways, Goway Travel and Wine Australia have teamed up to provide an incredible raffle prize of a trip for two to Australia. Airfare, wine tours and all ground transfers included. Attendance at gala not required to purchase tickets. Details: email@example.com.
Menu/Wines The gourmet five-course dinner is created by The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s executive chef Robert LeCrom. The menu will be advised when available. The gala begins with a reception featuring two Champagnes. Each of the five dinner courses is paired with two wines.
Lanson Black Label Brut Champagne NV (France) www.lanson.com
Taittinger Prestige Rosé Brut Champagne NV (France) www.taittinger.com
La Chablisienne Chablis 2005 (France); www.chablisienne.com
Château de la Gardine CNDP Cuvée Tradition 2004 (France); www.gardine.com
Cookoothama Darlington Point Botrytis Semillon 2005 (Nugan Estate) (Australia); www.nuganestate.com
Maximin Grünhauser Kabinett Riesling 2002 (Germany)
Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Barossa Shiraz 2002 (Australia); www.peterlehmannwines.com.au
Plantagenet Great Southern Riesling 2005 (Australia); www.plantagentwines.com
Rosemount Estate Show Reserve Chardonnay, Hunter Valley 2005 (Australia); www.rosemountestate.com
Torres Mas La Plana 2003 (Spain); www.torres.es
Wolf Blass Grey Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek 2003 (Australia); www.wolfblass.com
Yalumba Museum Release Old Reserve Muscat NV (Australia); www.yalumba.com
Committee The gala is chaired by Nancy Burke. Larry Burr is chair of the wine committee which also includes Alastair Carruthers, Joe Chaput, Sid Cross, Joan Cross, Deborah Markle, Jim Robertson, Dave Spurrell, Rick Underwood and Gordon Wilcox. The epicurean committee is chaired by Nanette Der and includes Katrina Carroll-Foster, Nathan Fong, Denise Meade, Edie McCaffrey and Kenn Hamlin. Ingrid Taylor is the display/graphics committee member, Lauren Horii is volunteer coordinator and Joyce Yurik and Barbara Inglis are members at large.
Sponsors Presenting sponsor: Goldcorp Inc.
Wine Cellar sponsor: Union Securities
Theme Set sponsor: Canaccord Capital Corporation
Theme Set sponsor: Deloitte & Touche LLP
Theme Set sponsor Macquarie Capital (Canada) Ltd.
Exclusive water sponsor: San Pellegrino
Theme Set sponsor: Vancouver Wine Vault
Festival presenting sponsor: Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
Fundraising Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $5.2 million for the Playhouse Theatre Company, Western Canada’s largest theatre company dedicated exclusively to producing works of the contemporary repertoire. The festival’s support has helped enable the company to mount 197 theatrical productions and create extensive educational and community outreach programs.
2006 Records The auction portion of the 2006 Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction raised $319,000.
The top three auction lots at 2006 gala were: a five-litre bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild 2000 ($32,000); wine and dinner for eight, prepared by Iron Chef Rob Feenie of Lumière ($30,000); and twelve bottles of 1982 Château Haut Brion Graves ($19,000).